More than a motorcycle. But for this money you can buy a crossover. Is it worth it to rush?
If I had my own Can-Am Spyder, I would definitely have ordered a jersey that would have posted the answers to the most popular questions: “No, it’s not a motorcycle”, “No, it does not fall,” “Yes, traffic jams are useless “,” Yes, for this money you can buy a crossover. ”
The first photo of Spyder appeared in December 2006, in the salons of dealers the device appeared in February 2007. Nearly ten years on sale, while neighbors continue to wonder, fall asleep with questions at traffic lights and shamelessly take pictures of you driving a trike. I will not say that I was warm about Canadian tricycles, or at least somehow treated at all, until last year the F3-S model appeared. It turns out that for ten years the producer listened attentively to all the opinions of the owners at numerous gatherings and festivals, both American and European. As a result, there was a machine with a fundamentally redesigned ergonomics. If the models produced before 2015 “professed” a classic motorcycle landing, the “skeleton” F3 placed the driver in a different way. The saddle moved nine inches back and a couple – down. The fuel tank, on the contrary, is located above. Yes, and the filler neck in the most prominent place, and not hidden under the seat. Footboards are fixed on the falling pipes of the frame and moved forward (in comparison with the remaining tourist RT in the system – 30 cm), which provides a cruising, relaxed, landing with legs, forgive me, forward. The most interesting thing is that the manufacturer decided to leave the opportunity for the customer to fine-tune. For legs, you can choose one of five positions. However, in the case of a change in the factory position, you will have to buy the brake pedal pull (it is fixed next to the footboard), but the item is a little penny, and it will take no more than ten minutes to replace it with an authorized dealer. In addition to this, you can choose one of the six rudders. Below, above, closer or further.
Canadians did not hide that the F3-S is the first-born of the series. Less than a year, as I was behind the wheel of a new model in the fashionable style of bugger. I visited not just Can-Am Spyder F3 Limited, but the Special Series. This device, painted mostly in matte black, with black wheel disks and dark gray inserts on the body, is absolutely devoid of any chrome or shiny bijouterie. Behind the black mask, you can not notice the difference from the ancestor of the family – a different front design, a high windshield, a large superstructure above the headlight and around the dashboard. Music system, other mirrors, comfortable driver’s seat and completely new passenger, wide, with modified and enlarged handles. On the ends of the side cases in the “Baggern” style, the rear lights moved and, of course, there were huge footboard footboards. “Redesign” with a tourist focus went F3 Limited to the benefit. Legs are much more convenient even in the base version (the possibility of their adjustments in five positions is preserved). Voltage is not observed, which is definitely better in long trips.
“Family” power unit Rotax with a volume of 1.330 cm3 has 115 hp. and 130 Nm of torque. The Limited version is heavier than the F3-S for 44 “dry” kilos (430 vs. 386 kg), but the acceleration still remains at a very, very impressive level. Something in between the acceleration of a liter motorcycle and the speed of dialing the first hundred in a well-charged hitch. The main thing is not to forget to poke the gears with the button on the left side of the steering wheel. Alas, the box still remained semi-automatic. Switching “down” she knows how to do herself, but to go to higher gears, you need to press a key on the handlebar. But the transmission with two clutches (the principle of operation as in the automobile DSG) operates clearly and quickly, almost without tearing moment to the rear wheel. You unscrew the handle of the gas to the edge, and know yourself by pressing “+”. Overclocking due to tricycle stability does not require a motorcycle “concentration” from the driver, and numerous electronic assistants do not allow “to leave” the course. Electronics only slightly loosens the collar, allowing the rear wheel to launch into a spectacular slip when starting abruptly from the spot or at low speed. But nothing more: drifts and demolitions are still being corrected. Generally, cunning systems play one of the main parts during the movement of the Spyder. He touched with speed in the turn – correction.
You provoke the swing, moving snake – correction, trying to get out of the rotation in the skid – correction. Everything is very delicate and as safe as possible. It’s a pity that electronics can not keep the passenger in the saddle in a sharp turn. Centrifugal force is not reduced by wire. It is difficult to remain in the saddle to the second number and with intensive decelerations. By the way, it will be very unusual to control the braking process for motorcyclists. There are no levers on the steering wheel. The only brake pedal uses three disc brakes at the same time: Brembo “in a circle” gives Spyder an amazing slowdown. No motorcycle will not be able to stably and effectively lower the speed before a turn.